I have two boxes of old lights that have been sitting in my office for over a year waiting for me to send to an organization that recycles lights. Now, I don’t have to go to the post office and pay postage. I can take them to a Sears that is close to me. In return, I’ll receive a coupon for $4 off of efficient LED holiday lights that use 70 percent less energy than incandescent lights.
According to the Sears blog, if every decorative light string purchased in the United States this year had the EnergyStar qualification, we could:
• Prevent 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions from about 100,000 cars
• Save more than 700 million kilowatt hours of electricity
• Save about $80 million in annual energy costs
That’s a lot of energy and money savings.
I’m going to be running errands a little later today, and I’ll finally be getting rid of those boxes of old, broken holiday lights. Remember, the program ends on Nov. 20, 2010, so don’t wait too long if you want to take advantage of this easy way to recycle your holiday lights.